April 19, 2008
This morning I ran 6 miles at 8:26 avg pace. I walked about 50' down the street to notify my hip of my intentions, then ran a very slow mile, then 4 around 8:15, then something faster than 8. It felt much better than yesterday; during the middle miles I had flashes of that gee-I-could-go-forever feeling. If I keep alternating bad days and good days like this, I should feel ok next Sunday at the tri.
After I got done running I went out for about 50 minutes on the bike. As I passed someone's yard sale I spied a road bike, and stopped to check it out. It was only $25, but the frame was a little too big. The yard sale guy let me ride it up and down the street, and yee haw let me tell you, you just get on this thing and exhale, and suddenly you're going 10mph. Very, very tempting (especially for $25), but it was just too big for me.
In other news, yesterday's mail brought the same letter that Salty got earlier this week. Like Salty, geez am I ever flattered. Unlike Salty, I don't have pregnancy as a reason to decline the offer, and in fact I'm thinking seriously about accepting. I had planned to spend the summer rebuilding and xtraining like a maniac, shooting for Phoenix in January, but the invitation appeals to, um, well, my, um, yup, vanity. It makes me feel like a real runner at a moment when (because of this injury) I don't feel like a runner at all. And I don't get invited to run many races, and at my age I don't expect this to happen much more, if at all.
Posted by joe positive at April 19, 2008 10:01 AM
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Well, that is very flattering no doubt; it would be cool to be able to pull a serious PR. That said, you also don't want to start a cycle of injuries...tough choices indeed.
I never much was a bike man myself. When I was dinged, I toyed with the ideas of tris and biking in general. But there was just too much "stuff" and too much $$.
Posted by: tuscaloosarunner at April 20, 2008 5:30 AM